Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes

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The annual Tunnel of Love at Christopher Columbus Park on the Waterfront has once again been a popular place to visit this month. Each end of the trellis features a heart-shaped entrance with artwork and music along the way to share with that special loved one. This was created by the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

ARC needs blood – critical shortage

The American Red Cross is urging people to make a blood donation to help maintain their supply amid the pandemic. Help save a life by donating blood.

A blood drive will be held at the following places:

Monday, Feb. 22

- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gather, 75 Northern Ave.

Friday, Feb. 26

- 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St.,

- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Big Night Entertainment Group, 110 Causeway St.

- 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at AC Hotel by Marriott Boston Downtown, 225 Albany St.

Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Sign up at www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800¬-RED CROSS (1-800¬-733-2767).

‘Celebrating What Unites Us!’ virtual cooking series

The “Celebrating What Unites Us!” virtual cooking series will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays as follows:

- Feb. 24 – African Heritage Cuisine

- March 24 – Seafood

- April 21 – Flavorful Flatbreads: Cultural Variations on a theme

During each session a chef will show people how to prepare a delicious meal, celebrating the cultural heritage of many residents of Boston and beyond.

This program is hosted by Oldways in collaboration with Age-Friendly Boston and Friends of Armenian Heritage Park on The Greenway to keep people connected and coming together.

Visit ArmenianHeritagePark.com to register for Zoom link, recipes and more details.

What’s your (organization’s) story?

Social Innovation Forum and Consultant Katie Bayerl will present a workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 that explores nonprofit storytelling with a focus on best practices that can be applied across communications vehicles, fundraising, and external relations.

It is intended for communication and development staff, executive directors, and anyone else involved in external relations or community engagement. Participants will leave with a story concept they can apply to their upcoming communications, public presentations, and/or grant proposals.

Visit socialinnovationforum.org/event/what’s-your-organization’s-story for more information and Zoom registration.

Adult Book Discussion Club: ‘The Sympathizer’

The North End Branch Library book group will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Viet Thanh Nguyen's 2015 Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel, The Sympathizer, is the story of a man of two minds, someone whose political beliefs clash with his individual loyalties. In dialogue with but diametrically opposed to the narratives of the Vietnam War that have preceded it, this novel offers an important and unfamiliar new perspective on the war: that of a conflicted communist sympathizer.

This is part of BPL's Reading Together Yearlong Reading Challenge.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

In the Making: Boston Public Quartet

Betsy Hinkle and Jason Amos of Boston Public Quartet will perform works by living Black composers Jessie Montgomery and Adolphus Hailstork, as well as music by Schubert and Mozart arranged for a string duo live-streamed from the historic First Parish Dorchester Church from 1 to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Visit nbss.edu/calendar for more information and reservations.

Fundraising Learning Cohort

Non-profit fundraisers faced an historic set of challenges in 2020. This was a particularly hard year for small nonprofit organizations, especially when fundraisers were often already isolated and overstretched in their work.

In this upcoming fundraising learning cohort, small shop development staff will build community, surface challenges, and share best practices. The focus will be on how we can turn crisis into the opportunity to build a strong base of donors. Each session will be guided by experienced facilitators, with the goal for each participant to walk away with excitement about 1-2 actionable ideas.

Sessions will be offered from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, March 18 and April 15.

Visit socialinnovationforum.org/event/fundraising-learning-cohort for more information and registration.

Kanopy Club: ‘River of Grass’ (1994)

Rivers of Grass: Acclaimed director Kelly Reichardt's (Certain Women) first film follows Cozy and Lee, lovers who are as criminally inclined (and hopelessly incompetent) as they come. Ironically, their robbery spree gets disrupted when they find themselves running from the police for a crime they didn't commit.

Watch the film on Kanopy, then join the group for a Zoom discussion from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and registration.

Under the Snow Moon

Join the Friends of Armenian Heritage Park at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 for a Meet & Greet.

Virtually walk the Labyrinth; share wishes to be written on colorful ribbons and tied to The Wishing Tree at a later date; and enjoy musical performances.

Register at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYocuitqz0tHNxuatUK22d5FfMLvxovIAWv

Visit armenianheritagepark.org for other information.

Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s first ever Virtual Harpoon Shamrock Splash will be held through Friday, March 12.

They’re challenging everyone to come up with creative ways to “splash” from wherever they are. So, grab a bucket of cold water, a cup of ice, fill up your bathtub, or find another fun, safe and creative way to polar plunge - all of the money raised goes to the Better Beaches Program.

With registration, people get Harpoon beer, a Splash koozie and entry into a raffle to win round trip flights on JetBlue.

During February, they will be awarding weekly fundraising prizes. Raise more money to win more prizes.

Get cold for a great cause… Visit shamrocksplash.org/default.asp for more information and registration.

‘Tunnel of Love’ trellis

The iconic trellis transforms for the third year to celebrate February - the Month of Love – through Sunday, Feb. 21. Enjoy the illuminated cupids, the giant red hearts, the "candy" hearts and the romantic music.

Visit (safely) with your honey ... your family ... your friends … and grab some great photos!

Visit www.foccp.org/tunnel-of-love for more Tunnel of Love Magic incentives such as dinner discounts and chances to win harbor cruise tickets.

Please consider donating a couple of dollars to support the creators of the Tunnel of Love: The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park.

BPL Reading Challenge

As the pandemic drags on and Boston residents remain cooped up in their homes, the Boston Public Library invites readers throughout the city to participate in “Reading Together.”

In the challenge, each month has a distinct theme and participants are asked to read a book tied to the theme.

The library offers recommended book lists for the monthly themes for adults, teens and children at bpl.org/yearlong. Participant patrons can track their progress as well.

Visit bpl.org for more information.

Facebook Live Story Time: Tuesday Tales

Join the Children’s Library team for a live-streamed story time for children, ages 2 to 4 years of age, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays on www.facebook.com/BPLchildren.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information.

LRC: Self-Care Series

Self-care is important to maintaining a healthy relationship with yourself. It means doing things to take care of your mind, body and soul by engaging in activities that promote well-being and reduce stress. Doing so enhances the ability to live fully, vibrantly and effectively. The practice of self-care also reminds people that their needs are valid and a priority.

Join this facilitated living room conversations from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays through Feb. 24.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the weekly topics, and Zoom registration.

Tween Time

Tweens, ages 8-12, are invited to join librarians for games and activities from 4 to 4:45 p.m. on Thursdays over Zoom. There will be something different every week. It’s a great way to hang out with kids your age.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information and Zoom registration.

BPL online Homework Assistance Program (HAP)

The Boston Public Library offers online homework help, mentorship and afterschool activities provided by trained high-achieving high school students from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays through May 14 (except during school holidays and vacations).

Students in grades K-8 are welcome on a drop-in basis, no registration required.

Visit bpl.org/events for more information, including the Zoom link.

NBSS virtual open house replay

In December, North Bennett Street School launched its first-ever virtual open house, offering three days of virtual programming including tours of their program spaces, student demonstrations, alumni shop visits, free classes, handmade features and more. Participants joined them live and asked questions throughout.

If you missed the event or want to watch sessions again, catch up with the livestreams of the entire event at www.nbss.edu/openhouse.

Free ‘grab-and-go’ meals/food resource information

Boston Eats will continue to provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth –

18 years of age and under. No ID or registration required.

Visit www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations and other information. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens is also included.

Visit foodpantries.org for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

If you need additional food resources, contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333.

North End Friends of St. Francis House winter donation drive

North End Friends of St. Francis Houses is collecting donations to purchase winter hats and gloves for the homeless and other people in need.

Checks can be made out to John Romano and mailed to Olivia Scimeca, 21 Cleveland Place, Boston, MA 02113.

For more information call John Romano at 617-750-9749.

Food program donations

Donations are being accepted for the Food Insecurity Program at NEW Health, (332 Hanover St., Waterfront and 15 Tufts St., Charlestown) during this long, wintry season.

More than 100 families per month are being served, including children from the Eliot School, among others.

For details, call 857-238-1176.

Virtual traditions of the season

Learn about how families like the Reveres observed winter holidays in the colonial era. Period music by talented musician R.P. Hale, video segments filmed in the period rooms of the Revere House, and discussion of 18th century foodways will bring the past to life right in the comfort of your home.

A recording is available (includes access to recipes to prepare as you celebrate the winter season) for a $10 donation at www.paulreverehouse.org.

Paul Revere House online/onsite

To stay up-to-date on all things Revere, check out Revere Express, a bi-weekly blog or listen to the weekly episodes on Revere House Radio. From the true story of the midnight ride and author interviews, to updates about what’s happening at the Revere House and around Boston, tune in to hear the latest.

The Revere House is also open for winter hours: Thursdays through Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visit paulreverehouse.org for more information.

New England Aquarium onsite/online

The New England Aquarium has reopened following safety guidelines.

They will continue to offer Virtual Visits with activities and webcams as well as Virtual Programs (Virtual Academy and Virtual Animal Encounters) so people can visit their favorite animals from home.

Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to watch videos from and engage with aquarists, educators and scientists.

Go to neaq.org for more information.

Old North Gift Shop onsite/online

The Old North Church Gift Shop has an array of products that can be purchased on site or online.

Go to oldnorthgiftshop.online to peruse their catalog by categories that include activities, American Heritage Chocolate, books, Boston sports, home décor, clothing, inspirational and cooking, among others.

Help preserve Old North history and legacy

The Old North Church Foundation invites people to join the effort to preserve the history, legacy and campus of Old North Church for generations to come.

As the Foundation prepares for the Old North Church’s 300th anniversary in 2023, the lessons of our history and people are more relevant than ever. They aim to inspire their virtual visitors to consider the roles that active citizenship, hope, sacrifice and patriotism can play in their lives and communities.

Visit www.oldnorth.com for a list of ways to give and links to support the iconic Old North historic site.

Help Old North Foundation support teachers and students

Established in 1991, The Old North Foundation of Boston is a 501(c)(3) secular nonprofit organization that is responsible for historic site operations and interpretative, educational, and preservation programs at the iconic Old North Historic Site. In addition, they provide curricula and enrichment materials for classroom teachers to bring the history and legacy of Old North to students across the country.

Due to COVID-19, the Old North Historic site is currently closed to visitors and is facing a critical funding shortfall as 95 percent of their operating revenue is reliant on tourism. As classroom teachers and children across the country embark on a mostly virtual 2020-2021 school year, Old North needs your support to shift to a virtual strategy that equips educators with engaging content that combines a core history curriculum with thought-provoking discussions about civic engagement, liberty, and personal values.

With a gift to the Old North Foundation, you join a community that is preserving, questioning, and engaging with our pasts to build a better future.

Visit oldnorth.com for more information and a link to donate.

Boston Harbor Now: Harbor at Home

Boston Harbor Now has launched Harbor at Home, their online video gallery created to help you form a stronger connection to the Harbor, waterfront, and Islands from the comfort of your home.

Catch fitness classes, art tutorials, history talks, nature walks, and more, all contributed by their community partners and curated by the folks at Boston Harbor Now.

Videos will be updated regularly, so check back to find the latest in virtual Harbor happenings.

Harbor at Home can be accessed at www.bostonharbornow/org/harborathome.

Save the Harbor: Virtual Boston Harbor

The team at Save the Harbor is producing engaging, fun, and educational virtual programming called Virtual Boston Harbor. You can find activities, crafts, lessons and songs by their staff and partners for kids and community members of all ages on their website, YouTube and social media pages.

You can also find links to their partners with more fun virtual activities.

Visit www.savethehorbor.org for more information.

NBSS offers hands-on activities

The North Bennett Street School is offering hands-on activities to enjoy at home.

Watch videos of woodworking and book arts activities for all ages which can be completed anywhere.

Follow the links to watch how to make a book from a single sheet of paper or how to make an edible book.

Craft activities for kids are also available.

Visit www.nbss.edu/continuing-education/kids-activities for these and other fun projects.

‘WOW: Wind on Water Public’ art exhibit

“WOW: Wind on Water,” a year-long outdoor public art exhibit by artist Lyman Whitaker, consists of 31 elegant sculptures grouped in eight locations extending from Shipyard Park at the northern end of the Freedom Trail just outside the Boston National Historical Park to various sites along the Boston Harborwalk.

The collection of Whitaker’s diverse kinetic sculptures, ranging from approximately 6 to 18 feet in height, are comprised of intricate and gracefully moving metals – including copper, steel and stainless steel that spin on sealed ball bearings – that will be continually propelled by the Boston Harbor’s windy micro-climate, spinning and twirling in imaginative syncopation.

Visitors of all ages are invited to enjoy viewing the sculptures’ majestic and magical movements while walking, biking and breathing fresh harbor breezes (using safe physical distancing).

More information about the artist and his work is available at www.navyyardgarden.org.